News analysis

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    William Hill hasn't had the best of years but remains far ahead of Ladbrokes when it comes to performance, growth and strategy, says Graham Wood.

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    As Real Gaming launches in Nevada as the third regulated poker site in the state, Marco Valerio speaks to the company to get its perspective on online poker and to NGCB chairman AG Burnett to find out more about the state's plans to publish monthly revenue figures.  

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    Ladbrokes' full year figures for 2013 were never going to make for easy reading but the company must deliver in 2014, reports Graham Wood. 

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    19 February 2014

    Graham Wood reports on France’s igaming façade and its decision to reject pooled poker liquidity with Italy and Spain, another indication that the authorities have very little desire to encourage private investors to set up in France and make the country’s igaming market truly ‘open’.

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    13 February 2014

    Grant Humphrey, assistant director of transaction support at Ernst & Young, asks whether there is a correlation between UK betting and gaming revenue and the performance of the UK economy and how listed companies' shares are affected by the ups and downs of economic cycles. 

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    Following up on H2 Gambling Capital's first set of data-led articles that looked at the US igaming market and the global gambling sector, the sector's leading data specialists look at the potential value of the Japanese land-based casino market. Japan is already the third largest gambling market in the world with an estimated gross win of US$31.4bn for 2013 and with permissive upcoming casino legislation a real possibility, H2 founder and director Simon Holliday provides a detailed breakdown of the country's gambling landscape.

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    Simon Holliday, founder and director of H2 Gambling Capital, looks at the overall growth for the gambling sector in 2014 in the second of the four data-led articles H2 Gambling Capital and iGaming Business are publishing this week to coincide with the ICE trade show in London.

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    H2 Gambling Capital and iGaming Business present the first of a series of four data-led articles to coincide with ICE, the world’s largest gambling industry event, taking place this week in London. Joel Keeble, head of special projects at H2, starts off with an in-depth look at the US igaming sector. Look out for further installments on Japan's land-based casino market and a detailed look at the key dynamics of the EU market.

     

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    28 January 2014

    The European Parliament will vote on amendments to the 4th Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Directive over the next two months and gambling operators will have to take heed of what comes out of Brussels since all online gambling operators will be required to know much more about their customers, as Steve Cook of Facebanx explains.

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    Whether AAMS is successful in fighting illegal operators will have a major impact on Italian igaming in 2014, while observers will watch closely to see how exchange betting competes with traditional sports betting, writes Giulio Coraggio of DLA Piper. 

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    23 January 2014

    All igaming operators would like to be active in the US market, but as recent regulatory developments have shown, the road will be long, winding and very sinuous, to paraphrase the Beatles. Christina Thakor-Rankin asks if EU operators should worry about their key domestic markets first before they venture out west.  

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    20 January 2014

    Much has been written and discussed about the effectiveness of the regulations that govern iGaming in individual markets, however, by examining the components of today’s regulated markets and drawing out the best qualities from each, are we able to piece together a blueprint for the perfect igaming regime? Stephen Ketteley and Ash Averill of DLA Piper assess the current European frameworks to see what the perfect, or most suited, regime might look like.

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    8 January 2014

    Ivor Jones, Director of Leisure and Research at Numis Securities, looks at the year ahead for the iGaming sector. Although wary that the UK point of consumption tax will be introduced at 15% of gross profits, the fact that operators are sitting on piles of cash reserves doesn't mean they are more likely to carry out acquisitions in 2014. Share buybacks and dividends being likelier outcomes.  

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    Check out the second instalment of the H2-iGaming Dashboard for your monthly overview of the igaming sector in numbers. As part of the iGaming Business Intelligence and Analysis Centre, H2 and iGB are working on new projects to provide you further datasets and market overviews in 2014. 

     
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    As real money igaming becomes a reality in New Jersey, H2 Gambling Capital considers what the market potential for this first sizable onshore-regulated market will be and how this measures up in the context for the remainder of the United States, which has the potential to regain its position as the leading igaming market in the world should the anticipated rollout of further states take place. H2 goes through the NJ issues, what makes it distinct from regulated markets in Europe and looks into US igaming potential for the next five years. 

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    25 November 2013

    As Europe's largest economy, Germany is big business for igaming companies, reportedly generating €10.7bn in gross gaming revenues in 2012. The lack of progress and legal holdups that have affected the federal issuing of online betting licences is not ideal but as Joerg Hofmann, Matthias Spitz and Danny Engelhardt of law firm Melchers explain, this legal uncertainty enables operators to carry on working in the market.

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    25 November 2013

    The UK is set to introduce the point of consumption tax at the end of 2014, Nick Nocton, Director at Jeffrey Green Russell, explains what the context will be and says UK-focused operators must prepare for what will be a momentous event in igaming regulation in the market. 

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    The European Commission launching infringement proceedings against a number of EU Member States this week is welcome but a recurrent feeling of ‘too little too late’ keeps rearing its head. As the lobbying battle is being drawn out by the EU's incumbent operators, Jake Pollard says those actions are short sighted and wonders if the igaming sector will be making the same complaints in 12 months time when Barnier steps down from his job. 

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    21 November 2013

    Many igaming eyes are focusing on Latin Amercia, even if many operators have been working there unregulated for a number of years. The region is very promising for the industry, but as Albert Agustinoy Guilayn, attorney at DLA Piper Spain, explains, many of the continent's biggest markets are, at best, at the very early stages of regulating their igaming sectors. 

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    The bwin party boss came out fighting during Wednesday morning’s third quarter call, but only a turnaround of the company’s performance, with financials to match, will turn the sceptics’ opinion of the former industry leader, writes Stephen Carter

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